Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Online Romance Gets Real!

The internet works in strange and mysterious ways. Meet Sharon Pohl, a dynamic woman, energetic woman presently living on a tropical isle in the American Virgin Islands.
She found me on the National Association of Baby Boomer Women site where I am the adventure travel expert. She ordered my book Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales and requested a meeting with me. We rendezvoused in Santa Barbara and enjoyed on of my favorite outdoor days. As we hiked the bluff overlooking Hendry’s beach and strolled the sands back to the Boat House where we enjoyed a scrumptious repast at the Boat House we shared ideas.
She explained that she is busy re-inventing herself after an unexpected parting of the ways with her long-time husband. Her goal now is to help other women find ways to find peace with change and create new lives.
She invited me to be a guest speaker at a health and wellness week she will be hosting in March 2015 at her home in St. Croix.  My job will be sharing lessons I learned from the People of Old Hawaii in my research for my novel Wai-nani, A Voice from OldHawaii.

 How writing a book, I never dreamed I would write, has brought me to an opportunity to share spiritual insights with others is some kind of wonderful. To cap it off the healing week shoulders the St. Croix carnival, an extravagant display of Island color. Big fun on the way!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Novel Honoring Hawaiian Royals

The character Wai-nani in my historical novel set in old Hawaii (1750-1819) was inspired by the life of Ka’ahumanu. She and Kamehameha the Great are the best-loved icons in Hawaiian history. They were both incredible athletes and could be seen skittering across the waves on their surf boards together. She was a healing kumu (master) and considered by many to be the “Loving Mother of the People.” He fulfilled the prophecy that a warrior would be born whose cloud would rest over all of the Islands. 

Award winning Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i is a celebration of the People of Old. After many battles for supremacy Kamehameha did indeed unite the Hawaiian Islands and give his people a golden age of plenty that encouraged the arts.

Adventure-travel writer, Linda Ballou, shares Great Outdoor days in L.A, as well as a host of travel articles on her site, along with information about her travel memoir, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales, her historical novel Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai’i and her latest action-adventure novel The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon